We know you’re probably looking forward to chowing down on your favorite foods this holiday season! Read on for some tasty, tooth-healthy foods we recommend including in your holiday menu.
- Crunchy Veggies
- Fresh Fruit
Kicking off your special festivities with appetizers? Stick with the veggie tray; not only does this healthy choice keep you from filling up too much before dinner, veggies (like carrot sticks and cucumber slices) can naturally clean your teeth as you munch.
When it comes to the main course, you can’t go wrong with a classic turkey. This bird is packed with protein, which builds strong teeth and gums. Go ahead and enjoy a hearty helping of turkey, but be sure to floss afterwards—it has a way of getting stuck between the teeth. Looking for a complimentary side? Once again, you can’t go wrong with the veggies. Vegetables like sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, and leafy greens like kale and spinach are packed with healthy goodness. Just be sure to steer clear of any veggie side dishes prepared with added sugar!
When it comes time for dessert, you can avoid starchy and sugary pies and cakes yet still indulge in something sweet and comforting. Whole fresh fruit is a smart and delicious choice. Try warmed apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon for a seasonal delight. Apples are great for your teeth; they are full of fiber and offer a teeth-cleaning crunch. Be sure to limit your consumption of dried fruit, though, since its sticky texture increases your risk of plaque accumulation and tooth decay.
How to Keep Your Smile Merry & Bright
We hope you and your family have a joyful holiday filled with good food and great company. But don’t take a holiday from proper oral hygiene!
- Remember to avoid sugary foods and refined carbohydrates as much as you can.
- If you do indulge, follow up by drinking plenty of water.
- Unless you have jaw pain, chew sugar-free gum for at least 20 minutes after eating to stimulate saliva production.
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and floss before you go to bed.
- Come see us here at Sycamore Hills Dentistry every six months for a cleaning and checkup.
Do you have your next visit scheduled? Make superb oral health your New Year’s resolution. Contact us today!
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